Believe it or not, I don’t watch Netflix all that much. I can’t. I don’t have time. There’s just too many things to watch on YouTube. I just love the platform. It’s accessible to anyone with a bit of creativity and you can learn so much on there. Just like Anjhaneé, I learnt how to do my makeup watching YouTube. And it’s not just about makeup. I’m a firm believer that YouTube has the answers to most questions in life (except what happened between Jeffree and Manny).
Here are a few youtubers I highly recommend you watch (and I promise that there is only one beauty youtuber in the list.)
Tristan is a 27-year-old vocal coach from the USA who is quite popular for his ‘reactions’ videos. He often films himself reacting to famous singers’ best and worst vocal performances. He will sometimes explain to his audience how said performances could be improved and share his tips.
His YouTube channel is going quite well as, at the time of writing this post, he had 827,000 subscribers. All of his videos are viewed hundreds of thousands of times. The video below isn’t his most popular, but I wanted to add it because I have a low key crush on Harry Styles’s voice (yes, just his voice) (what else).
I couldn’t sing to save my life, but I like to describe myself as a fine connoisseur of the art of singing as I have spent many years watching American Idol, The X Factor, The Voice and the likes. And, of course, I always agree with Tristan’s technical comments.
Okay, okay. She’s the only beauty youtuber in this list, I promise. But she’s unlike any other!
Samantha is 25, she’s from Canada and has 830k at the time of writing. I love her because she can be a bit rude, she’s blunt and honest and doesn’t give a duck about hurting a brand’s feelings. Oh, and she’s sarcastic. That’s a quality in my book.
The following video isn’t one of her most popular, but it is in my opinion one of the most representative of her personality. This is a very interesting Q&A where she talks about how much money micro-influencers, small influencers, and bigger influencers make. Very informative and straight to the point, in true Samantha fashion. Even if you’re not into beauty, you’ll find this one compelling.
Shane is a Youtube veteran and I know I already mentioned him in my May Favourites, but I can’t stop watching his content. Shane has been making videos on youtube for 10 years and has remained consistently popular throughout the years. A year or so ago, he decided that he was sick of making silly buzz videos (e.g. trying crazy pool toys, paying strangers to do weird things, etc.) and gave his channel a new, more meaningful direction. He started making more interesting and personal series. There’s one where he hashes things out with his first love, one where he exchanges lives with a blind youtuber, one where he tries to talk things out with his estranged father, etc. He also does conspiracy videos which are absolutely engrossing. His most popular series to date is his 5-part documentary on controversial beauty guru (should I say mogul?) Jeffree Star.
iNabber is a kind of commentator who mostly talks about youtube news and other youtubers who he likes or dislikes. He doesn’t do it for the drama and often has very good points and a structured opinion. He’s obviously very passionate about what he does and has been gaining in popularity recently. He now has about 100,000 subscribers.
The video below is one of my favourites (the title speaks for itself)
My Twitter Peeps
Andy is a 25-year-old Mancunian who’s saving up to buy a car. I don’t know if he accepts donations, but you can find him on Twitter here. He likes Starbucks, beans, soy milk, looking like Gandalf and retro video games.
I asked Andy why he started his YouTube channel: ‘Okay so I started my YouTube channel because I had reached a point in life where I was unhappy so I wanted to change that, and I wanted to document the progress so that I could watch them back and see my growth as a person. Another reason I made a channel was so that I could use it as self-motivation and somewhere I could vent if needs be. And if I could help people along the way and encourage them and show them that if you want something then all you have to do is go out and get it, then that would make me happy. And so far all of that is happening through my channel.’
What I like about Andy’s videos: Although I’m not interested in retrogaming, Andy does show food and Starbucks on his channel from time to time and that’s enough to draw me in. More importantly, Andy is very funny and bubbly, and I highly recommend watching him if you need a little pick-me-up.
Kate is 24 years old and live in Stoke-on-Trent with her boyfriend and their 5-month-old daughter, Pippa. She films hauls, mummy tips and vlogs. She has a severe Primark addiction that she’s been trying to keep under control lately.
Kate on why she started her channel: ‘I love YouTube and watching youtubers like mrs meldrum, brummymummyof2 and Louise Pentland. I thought his hard can it be?’
Why I like about her videos: I just like Kate’s personality and it shines through in her videos. She always seems so positive and cheerful and her daughter Pippa is cute as a button. I don’t understand where she finds the time to manage a family life with a new born daughter, a full time job, a blog and a YouTube channel.
Ruth is a 27-year-old lady from England, but she now lives in Aberdeen with her boyfriend Neal, their cat and a bunch of seagulls.
Ruth on why she started her channel: ‘Well, somebody asked me to be on their podcast but I don’t like my voice so it seemed like a big, scary thing. But, making a video seemed scarier so I thought I’d give that a try and then a podcast wouldn’t seem so bad. Plus, I’m hoping it’s another way I can help people and put a smile on their face!‘
What I like about her videos: She’s going to hate me for this, but I actually like her voice. I find it very soothing and I’m sure you will, too! Ruth doesn’t have many videos up as of yet, but she’s mustering the courage to upload more in the near future. It would be cool if she turned her blogging tips posts into videos (hint hint).
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